Microsoft Teams would transform the way virtual meetings are conducted, making them more interactive, real, and immersive.
To that end, Microsoft has introduced Mesh avatars, a new technology that allows users to create animated avatars that reflect themselves. This would enable individuals to attend meetings while taking a break from the camera.
People will be able to personalize their avatars in the Mesh avatar builder by selecting from hundreds of combinations to reflect virtually their physical attributes, clothes, accessories, and more.
In order to appear in a meeting with an avatar instead of a camera, the user will just have to choose the three dots to the left of the Camera icon in the top bar, then pick “Effects and avatars,” and then “Avatars.” People would also be able to select a background, just like they would with their cameras on.
Although the Private Preview of Mesh avatars for Microsoft Teams is now limited to Technology Adoption Program (TAP) clients, testing and feedback will make the new option perfect for a broader audience in the not-too-distant future.
This move would allow Microsoft to attract new generations while also making meetings more personal and engaging while protecting people’s privacy.